Scenic coastal town Broughty Ferry’s finest comedy character, Bob Servant, gets the television treatment tonight and – fittingly – is played by Dundee’s greatest actor, Brian Cox. The Hollywood star told Jack McKeown about bringing it all back home. Former cheeseburger “magnate”, window cleaning vendor and proud owner of an extension, Bob Servant is a self-styled “legend of Dundee”. He’s the creation of Broughty Ferry novelist Neil Forsyth, who came up with the character when he needed an alter ego for email exchanges with online spammers. Forsyth 34 chose the name so he could sign off emails with: “Your Servant, Bob Servant.” His absurd exchanges tying some of the internet’s most frustrating villains in knots were published in a volume that Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh selected as one of the funniest books of all time.